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Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2008-12-28


Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2008-12-28
The Diamondbacks will continue building around their top starting pitching and a young nucleus of position players. Most of their key players are either under contract or under control, so there has not been much major offseason movement.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The D-backs answered their biggest need by agreeing to a one-year contact with 2B Felipe Lopez at the winter meetings. Lopez will replace three-time Gold Glover winner Orlando Hudson, who is on the free agent market. They addressed their other pressing need by adding LHP Scott Schoeneweis to the bullpen. Schoeneweis primarily will be used as a specialist against lefties. They are still looking for starter to replace free agent LHP Randy Johnson.

ARRIVALS: C James Skelton (Rule 5 selection from Tigers), 2B Felipe Lopez (free agent from Cardinals), LHP Scott Schoeneweis (trade with Mets).

DEPARTURE: LHP Randy Johnson (free agent, signed with Giants).

FREE AGENTS: 1B Tony Clark, 1B/OF Adam Dunn, 2B/SS David Eckstein, RHP Juan Cruz, 2B Orlando Hudson, RHP Brandon Lyon.

The D-backs did not offer arbitration to Dunn or LHP Randy Johnson, both Type A free agents, fearing if either or accepted it would blow their 2009 budget, which stands at about $70-72 million. Johnson then signed with San Francisco. They offered arbitration to Hudson (Type A), Cruz (Type A) and Lyon (Type B).

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: OF/1B Conor Jackson, RHP Chad Qualls, C Chris Snyder.

Jackson, Qualls and Snyder will be retained, and if the D-backs follow their usual path, they will stop short of an arbitration hearing.

IN LIMBO: OF Eric Byrnes is due $22 million over the next two seasons and has a complete no-trade clause, but the emergence of 1B/OF Conor Jackson as a capable left fielder in the second half of 2008 makes Byrnes expendable, if the D-backs can find a taker and if Byrnes (complete no-trade clause) is willing to move. 1B Chad Tracy ($4.75 million salary in 2009) could be a trading chip, although he hit well at the end of the season and is one of their few left-handed bats. C Miguel Montero, another left-handed hitter, is well-regarded in baseball circles but is stuck behind Snyder. The D-backs do not want to deal him, and they found a depressed market at the winter meetings, making a trade unlikely.

MEDICAL WATCH:

OF Eric Byrnes (torn right hamstring) was working out at Chase Field in December after being cleared to run. He opted against surgery to repair a small tear and expects to be full strength by spring training.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 28, 2008

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